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Cesc Fabregas responds to Arsenal fan calling him a snake over Chelsea badge pat

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Mar 2020 8:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link19.3kShares If you think I’m capable of doing what you are suggesting I did, you don’t know me at all and my feelings towards all of you what so ever. I was actually telling the fans they will always be in my heart, but of course your interpretation must be miss guided by a simple image. 👍🏻— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) March 21, 2020 The Spaniard cleared up an incident at the Emirates when he was playing for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has hit back at a fan on Twitter who branded him a snake for patting the Chelsea badge when playing against the Gunners at the Emirates.The Spaniard, who now plays for Monaco, was Arsenal’s youngster ever captain before leaving to join Barcelona, later returning to the Premier League in 2014 with Chelsea.Fabregas is clearly still attached to Arsenal, frequently commenting on their matches, and will appear on a fan podcast next week to discuss his time at the north London club. ‘I was actually telling the fans they will always be in my heart, but of course your interpretation must be misguided by a simple image.’Fabregas is currently self-isolating in Monaco, with the Ligue 1 season having been suspended along with the vast majority of leagues around Europe due to the coronavirus crisis.‘We have to look at the positives of this quarantine and being able to spend so much time with my family it’s definitely one of them for me,’ he said on social media. ‘Be safe, be responsible, stay home.’MORE: Mesut Ozil a ‘huge problem’ in Arsenal’s contract renewal talks with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Unai Emery aims fresh swipe at former club Arsenal over sale of Aaron RamseyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Cesc Fabregas responds to Arsenal fan calling him a snake over Chelsea badge pat FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTHowever, not every Arsenal fan has forgiven him for leaving, with one writing on Twitter that ‘this snake throws our club under the bus with insane levels of snakery’ and referring to a time when he patted the Chelsea badge at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas was being subbed off when the home fans – who used to cheer him – booed and jeered his departure, so he patted the badge, though now claims he was gesturing to his heart and underlining how much he still cared for Arsenal.‘If you think I’m capable of doing what you are suggesting I did, you don’t know me at all and my feelings towards all of you whatsoever,’ he posted. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fort Drum soldiers spend all-access weekend with Syracuse

first_imgCapt. Greg Durso stood on Syracuse’s sideline just more than an hour before the Orange played No. 1 Clemson. He and SFC Shane Hankey made their rounds behind the white lines, now guests in SU’s home. Durso has hosted the players and coaches at his, Fort Drum, but Saturday was his chance to be a fan for a change.“That’s the partnership, right?” Durso said, “That we show them what we do as our team, the army, and they’re showing us what they do here.”Syracuse has ventured to the upstate New York military base the last four summers, advancing a partnership with the soldiers that started in 2012. Saturday was Durso’s second trip to the Carrier Dome this season — he and the soldiers came down for SU’s game against Wake Forest — but this was the first all-access weekend for the troops.The Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast), wearing 10th Mountain Division patches on the upper left corner of its jerseys, fell to the top-ranked Tigers (10-0, 7-0), 37-27. But observing the on-field product just scratches the surface of what Durso is trying to cultivate.“Football is important and winning and losing is important,” Durso said, “but we’re talking about building relationships here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFriday night, Durso and the soldiers talked to the team at its 8 o’clock meeting. They helped check beds, ate breakfast with the team Saturday morning and attended player and coach meetings. They oversaw activity in the training room, locker room, joined on the bus ride to campus and attended the silent prayer in Hendricks Chapel on the team’s walk to the Carrier Dome.Before the game, soldiers led Syracuse out of the tunnel, flanking the Orange with a 10th Mountain Division flag on the right and an American flag on the left. Durso and five others lined up behind the Syracuse captains during the coin toss and shortly into the game, a message reading “2 teams, 1 mission” flashed on the jumbotron after highlights played from SU’s 2015 trip to Fort Drum.“We didn’t get the win for them so I’m disappointed about that, but we fought hard and they enjoyed every last minute of it,” SU nose tackle Kayton Samuels said. “What we do is nothing compared to what they do. All this football is just so small compared to that.”Hankey exchanged smiles with running back Jordan Fredericks near the SU bench during warmups and chatted with offensive guard Samuel Clausman during the game. Now that players aren’t crouching behind snipers or maneuvering their way through Humvees, they’re able to show off what they specialize in.And Durso, self-admittedly not worthy of offering football advice, doesn’t think the parallels between both lives are too far-fetched.“There are a lot of similarities in terms of preparation, getting yourself mentally in the right frame of mind,” Durso said. “We do the same thing in the army getting ready for missions.”After the game, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer stood at the podium, visibly frustrated after being eliminated from automatic bowl contention.Before taking questions from the media and stressing how outside perspective can misconstrue the reality within his own locker room, it was the bigger perception — even touching on the tragedy in Paris that took place Friday night — that took precedent.“Just great men, seen a lot of ugly things,” Shafer said, “so we could sit here and talk about a football game … love those guys, love ‘em to death.”Durso was honored to see Fort Drum’s patches on Syracuse’s jerseys, especially against Clemson. He was able to marvel at his favorite team staying close with the best in the country. The loss prematurely ended Syracuse’s season in a sense, but in some ways that wasn’t the main storyline.“Knowing it’s a game and at the end of the day everybody’s going home,” Durso said, “is a great thing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2015 at 2:43 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Related Stories Capt. Greg Durso details 4-year progression of Syracuse-Fort Drum relationshipBlum: College football meant something in Syracuse, if only for a momentRunning back George Morris capitalizes on opportunities in loss to No. 1 ClemsonSyracuse community reacts to 37-27 loss to No. 1 ClemsonFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s loss to No. 1 Clemsonlast_img read more

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Dodgers confident in giving Walker Buehler the ball in Game 163

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers’ brain trust debated deep into the night whether to start Rich Hill or Walker Buehler on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants with the division title potentially on the line.“We considered all the variables,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Then we made our decision later last night.”Later, indeed. The announcement went out at midnight.And Hill slept through it. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The 24-year-old right-hander has been dominant for the past two months. Over his past 11 starts, Buehler has a 1.70 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP while holding hitters to a .167 average and striking out 84 in 68-2/3 innings. He has allowed more than two runs in just one of those 11 starts and went at least six innings in nine of the 11.“It’s been incredible,” Hill said of watching Buehler’s emergence in the second half of the season. “The way he’s been able to command the ball with conviction … it’s very much like an ace.”Buehler certainly carries himself like an ace with an air of confidence that has not been missed by his teammates.“Walker is a confident guy,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We’ll be confident to have him out there tomorrow.”Will the Dodgers be as confident in Buehler as the young right-hander will be in himself?“I don’t think anyone is,” Turner said, playing along. “But we’re very confident in him.”NO MAXAfter creating the impression that they would start their ace, Max Scherzer, against the Rockies if Sunday’s game had meaning in the playoff race, the Washington Nationals announced after their game Saturday that Scherzer would not pitch. Nationals manager Dave Martinez explained the decision by saying both the Rockies and Dodgers had clinched postseason berths before Sunday.The decision caught the Dodgers by surprise and made Saturday night’s brainstorming over the Hill-Buehler decision an even more extended discussion.“On Twitter. I heard from someone who’s on Twitter,” Roberts said of how he found out. “They made a decision. We still have to go out there and win ourselves. Who they decide to pitch, that’s not up to us.“Honestly, I just don’t want to put too much thought into what they did or didn’t do. Ideally, everyone knows what would give them a better chance to win. We understand that. But again – it’s their decision. You have to respect it. You don’t have to like it or agree with it. But you have to respect it.”The Nationals’ decision not to start Scherzer theoretically lowered their odds to beat the Rockies on Sunday and opened a path to the division title for the Dodgers. Buehler was the likely choice to start Sunday if Scherzer was going for the Nationals – giving the Dodgers a powerful 1-2 of dominant pitchers working for their interests.Roberts acknowledged that was one of “the variables” the Dodgers considered before deciding late Saturday night to start Hill on Sunday.At least one report claimed the Nationals had informed the Rockies even before the weekend series that they did not intend to pitch Scherzer in the season finale. Roberts was asked if the Nationals owed the Dodgers the same courtesy.“We might have handled things a little differently,” he said. “But again, I can’t speak for them or control how they react or communicate.”ROCKIES TOPThe Rockies will start 23-year-old right-hander German Marquez in the game Monday. Marquez has emerged as the Rockies’ best pitcher in the second half of this season. Since the start of August, he is 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while holding batters to a .203 average and striking out 101 in 75-2/3 innings.“He’s pitched us tough,” Roberts said. “We’ve seen him maybe twice at our place and he went seven or eight innings and pitched us tough. It’s going to be a battle. We’re going to grind and put together good at-bats. I’m sure they’re going to do the same thing. But I like our guy.”Marquez did face the Dodgers twice in June, once in Colorado and once at Dodger Stadium, where he allowed just one run on two hits and struck out nine over eight innings.UP NEXTRockies (RHP German Marquez, 14-10, 3.76 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 7-5, 2.76 ERA), Monday, 1 p.m., ESPNRelated Articles “I had fallen asleep early last night,” he said and didn’t find out he was the choice until he checked his phone in the morning.“I grabbed my wife and said, ‘I’m starting today!’”The decision paid off with Hill throwing seven scoreless innings in Sunday’s win to force a Game 163. The decision on who to start Monday against the Colorado Rockies was simpler. Buehler will start.“Our goal is to win the division,” Roberts said. “With Walker rested and having an extra day – and right now, he’s our best. To win this game, to win the division, it’s in our hands – at home. To win the division, that’s been our goal from the beginning.“There’s guys that want to be in this spot and this moment. And there’s guys that want to run from it. Walker’s a guy that we know wants to be in this moment.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

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Rob Gronkowski hosts WrestleMania 36; Twitter doesn’t react kindly

first_imgFormer NFL star Rob Gronkowski opened WWE’s biggest event of the year Saturday night as the host of WrestleMania 36. He kicked off the first night by introducing himself as “Gronk, your WrestleMania host with the most.”In typical Gronk fashion, he had no trouble capturing the audience’s attention. The three-time Super Bowl champ sported sunglasses and a blue animal print zip-up jacket to start the show. Who better to kick things off and get you pumped than @RobGronkowski and @MojoRawleyWWE?! #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/d99mcsdZDQ— WWE (@WWE) April 4, 2020″WWE picked the right guy to host [WrestleMania] because I know how to start a party on Saturday night and finish it 30 hours later,” he said.Twitter seemed entertained early on. Your “#WrestleMania host with the most” @RobGronkowski is ready to PAARRRRTAYYYYY! 🎊🎉*insert Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids gif* pic.twitter.com/rXeBXgbRYa— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 4, 2020impressed as hell with Gronk’s work on the prompter— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) April 4, 2020WrestleMania 36 is one of the very few sporting events taking place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The event went on as scheduled, but no audience members were present at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.Gronk hosting WrestleMania, then, seemed to fit in with the weirdness of everything else mid-pandemic.  2019:”Hey!If you think this year is bad!Next year WrestleMania will be in front of 0 fans & hosted by the Gronk!”2020: “LOL good one….oh crap”#Wrestlemania36 #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/kfyiJC5bok— Mark (@WrestlingJebus) April 4, 2020Did anyone predict the Pats dynasty would end with a Round 1 loss to Ryan Tannehill, Brady leaving for the Bucs and moving into Jeter’s house in Tampa, and Gronk hosting a no-fan WrestleMania?— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 4, 2020The Twitter reactions to Gronk appeared to become more negative as the night went on.I am a boomer when I see Gronk— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) April 4, 2020Can I set my TV up to automatically mute Gronk when he talks?#WrestleMania— J O E (@Walk_With_Joe) April 4, 2020Gronk and Mojo are your #Wrestlemania36 host. Ten years from now, remember that this was everyone’s rock bottom. @Matmenpodcast— Treehouse Vince (@TreehouseVince) April 4, 2020Gronk himself got in on some WWE action. He took down former champion R-Truth in the middle of a segment, but co-host Mojo Rawley jumped in, stole the pin and reclaimed the 24-7 title. Did @MojoRawleyWWE really just STEAL that #247Championship win from @RobGronkowski?! #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/ei1uScBnD7— WWE (@WWE) April 5, 2020I can’t believe Mojo just threw his friendship down the drain with Gronk..I mean. Wow.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 5, 2020It was an eventful Saturday night for Gronk inside an empty arena. His work earned him only mixed reviews on Twitter.last_img read more